The goal of EdgeWild Restaurant and Winery in Chesterfield is simple: to bring affordable fine American wines under private label and unique, elevated American cuisine to customers in St. Louis and St. Charles counties in a rustic, open site.
The business is located at 550 Chesterfield Center, on the ring road around Chesterfield Mall.
A resident of Westwood near Creve Coeur, Andy Kohn is co-owner, with his wife Dee Dee, of both that facility and EdgeWild Bistro and Tap in Creve Coeur.
EdgeWild Restaurant and Winery will turn five years old this month and special celebrations are being planned, Kohn Says, adding that the business’ creation took an unusual path.
“I sold my family’s direct mail printing business in 2006, and, shortly after the sale, some friends came to me and invited me to join an investor group to open Chandler Hill Vineyards in Defiance, Mo.,” Kohn says.
At that time, he was engaged in commercial real estate investing and management but, through his involvement as an investor in Chandler Hill, got involved and more interested in the hospitality and wine side of that business.
After an unsuccessful attempt was made to expand Chandler Hill by building an event facility on its site in St. Charles County, Kohn started looking for sites to expand outside of Defiance.
“I found what’s now EdgeWild—the old Bahama Breeze restaurant building that had been vacant for five years—and I thought the building looked like a winery already, so I put it under contract and proceeded to create a business plan to create a second location for Chandler Hill to present to the owners and board,” he says.
However, he couldn’t get financial support to do the deal.
“So Dee Dee and I decided to do this on our own and open EdgeWild—it’s named after the subdivision where my wife grew up in the suburbs of Peoria, Ill., and our first date was at the Mount Pleasant Winery there,” Kohn says, who’s now been married 29 years.
The couple’s younger son Michael lives in Denver.
The oldest, Robert, had been assistant manager of EdgeWild Bistro, which opened in January of 2014 before he passed away in September of this year.
“We’re honored to grow our business and brand in his memory,” Kohn says.
“What’s unique about EdgeWild Restaurant and Winery is that we use a lot of wine-infused sauces, marinades and rubs in the food, and every dish we serve is paired with a related wine.”
The most popular dish is the Beef Tenderloin Trio, which includes a trio of 3-ounce tenderloin medallions with three different sauces, two sides and is paired with a Cabernet. Cabernet butter is used for the trio.
Another favorite dish is Chardonnay chicken, which uses Chardonnay in the sauce.
The most popular appetizer is pistachio-encrusted goat cheese.
“We’ve got several fantastic wines. Thirty of our wines are labeled EdgeWild, and we cobrand several wines with fine winemakers like Siduri and Patricia Green,” Kohn says.
“EdgeWild just won a spot in the top 10 U.S. winery restaurants list put out by USA Today—we were the only facility in Missouri to receive that honor.”
The restaurant’s dry-rub chicken wings were voted the best chicken wings by Riverfront Times magazine a couple of years ago and twice as among the best chicken wings in St. Louis by the WingDing charitable contest held each year—they won overall best in 2013 and second place in 2016, Kohn says.
“We also won the best meat loaf in St. Louis by the Riverfront Times likely two years ago and, also two years ago, won the best bite award at Taste of St. Louis,” he says.
Restaurant seating capacity is about 400, and, on a busy Saturday night, it likely serves about 600.
“Likely 150,000 people come through the doors a year,” Kohn said.
“We have lots of loyal customers, from Chesterfield and elsewhere in West St. Louis County and from St. Charles County—we have great access to Highway 40.”
A wine club, for a nominal fee, lets members—about 650 to date—receive an EdgeWild label bottle of wine each month plus other benefits. Participants choose one of three club categories—red, white or Missouri/sweet—and each month can select a bottle of wine in that chosen category from the wine list and can drink it on the premises without a corkage fee or pick it up. Other perks include advance reserved seating in the bar and enclosed patio before 6:30 p.m., a $25 gift card for every $300 spent at EdgeWild and complimentary tasting of five wines any time at the tasting bar.
A Wine Uncorked series, also for a nominal fee, is held at 5:45 p.m. on select Mondays over a series of weeks and is a comprehensive wine series of eight to 12 classes designed for groups of beginning wine professionals or wine lovers.
Kohn said Dee Dee also has immersed herself in the industry.
She’s a Level-2 certified sommelier/wine steward and is also a certified specialist in wine.
“She’s the first female member of the Burgundy Society of St. Louis and of the Bordeaux Society of St. Louis,” Kohn says.
Wine doesn’t need to be only for the wealthy, he said.
“Our average bottles are priced between $30 and $45, and those make up 90 percent of our sales,” Kohn says.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, call 636.532.0550, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit EdgeWildWinery.com.